Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Love and Hate



‘Song of Love and Hate’ begins with ‘Avalanche’. His guitar strums ripple outwards to create a flat landscape. The character speaks to us coldly and clearly. He speaks impassively about his direct experience of a natural disaster of the heart.

We don’t know if he is unfeeling or detached or whether it is just his way of speaking. He is critical of his appearance, calling himself a hunchback. He says he ‘sleeps beneath a golden hill.’ I think the ‘golden hill’ is a sexual reference to a particular woman. I think the relationship is a sexual one, but not with complete awareness – he sleeps. This connects to the idea of his soul being ‘covered up’. So two types of covering up perhaps occurring. A sexual covering up of his physical body by her, and a mental covering up of his soul with the coldness of detachment.

Women have great power over…

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